Monthly Archives: October 2014

Film Review – The Babadook

Terrifying and moving. Not necessarily a verdict you might expect from a film in a genre as disreputable as horror, but it is actually a more common verdict than you might imagine. Many horror classics – Dead Ringers, The Sixth … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing – OUT NOW

My new novel, The Birds Began to Sing, is now available for Kindle from Amazon. Check out the link below. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Birds-Began-Sing-Simon-Dillon-ebook/dp/B00NRSO9O0/ref=la_B00NVPO1PQ_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1414306120&sr=1-3 It is also available from Smashwords, in various downloadable formats: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/487865 Print copies will be available from the 2nd … Continue reading

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Children of the Folded Valley – Kindle version FREE for five days only!

To celebrate the upcoming release on the 27th of October of my new novel The Birds Began to Sing, I have made the Kindle version of my previous novel Children of the Folded Valley FREE for five days only (beginning … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing – Dedication

Most of my books are dedicated to individuals, normally family members. My new novel The Birds Began to Sing is dedicated to my wife, Zara – mainly because of her love for mystery thrillers, and also because she puts up … Continue reading

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An excerpt from The Birds Began to Sing

Here is an excerpt from my upcoming novel The Birds Began to Sing. This scene takes place in chapter 5, after aspiring writer Alice Darnell is offered the chance to enter a mysterious writing competition by her new agent, Isaac … Continue reading

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Film Review – ’71

The spirit of John Carpenter is alive and well in director Yann Demange’s ’71. Echoing classic Carpenter pics such as Assault on Precinct 13, Demange’s film is a stripped down, tense, thrilling piece of work that puts him on the … Continue reading

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George goes to Neptune – update

People continue to ask me when the next novel in the George Hughes series will be released. To reiterate, the third – and almost certainly final – instalment in the series will be released early next year. I will announce … Continue reading

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The Birds Began to Sing – About the cover

Here is the cover for my upcoming book, The Birds Began to Sing. For the design, Charles Bown – who I interviewed earlier in the year on this blog – presented me with a number of striking options, but I … Continue reading

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Film Review – Gone Girl

David Fincher’s latest film Gone Girl, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her bestselling novel, is a deliciously dark, cynical portrayal of – in flashback – a marriage in meltdown. In between flashbacks, events in the present show beleaguered Nick Dunne … Continue reading

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